Rebuilding the Row House

Designer Shannon Wang came up with a plan to update this vintage home on a tight budget.

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Randy King and Joe Pheenys’ historic Washington row house has been through many changes. The house was built in 1890, and gutted by fire in 1968 during the riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The house stood in ruins for more than a decade until it was rebuilt in 1978. Randy and Joe are looking to change the house yet again, bringing out its original beauty with a bit of a modern touch.

Designer Shannon Wang came up with a plan to update the vintage home on a tight budget. She started by taking care of the chipping paint, bland entryway and bare landscaping. Highlights include cream and black trim on the windows, a Victorian-style front door, historically accurate overhand and woodland landscaping. The new style plays up the home’s period style, while also giving it a fresh new look.


  • New door with custom-built overhang
  • House numbers in transom
  • Woodland garden
  • Boxwoods in front of gas meter
  • New paint on all windows and trim
  • New shutters
  • Curved black iron bars on first floor windows
  • Brighter paint on breezeway including original mural
  • New gate

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